Blog Hop Friday!

Posted December 1st, 2011 by in *Feature/Meme / 0 comments


Welcome to Once Upon A Chapter!
Take a look at what happened this week:

Monday- Chapter One:
Review: How To Worship A Goddess by Stephanie Julian
(Rating: B; Heat Level: 5)
Tuesday – Chapter Two:
Review: A Lily Among Thorns by Rose Lerner
(Rating: B; Heat Level: 3)
Friday – Chapter Three:
Review: All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin
(Rating: A+; Heat Level: 1)

Saturday – Chapter Four
Review: Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish by Grace Burrowes
(Rating: A+; Heat Level: 4)

Monday – Chapter Five
Review: Shadow Magic by Donna Grant
(Rating: A; Heat Level: 4)

Tuesday – Chapter Six
December ‘On the Shelves Poll

DON’T FORGET TO ENTER OUR TWO GIVEAWAYS GOING ON THIS WEEK!

1) Grace Burrowes Interview and Giveaway
2) Donna Grant Guest Post and Giveaway

Questions of the week: What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to books? Maybe you don’t like love triangles or thin plots? Tell us about it!

Answer: Oooooo! Such a good question! Hmmm…well, if a story has far too much detail going on that doesn’t really lead anywhere, I tend to get bored. If a story goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on about the sights and sounds for a little too long, you’ve lost me.

Badly written characters just kill me. The classic ‘To Stupid To Live’ heroine is one possibility of how a character can go horribly wrong, especially in a historical romance. Can she do stupid things??? Of course, yet some things are not only beyond stupid, they are unforgivable.

Rape! Can’t stand it when characters are raped. I’ve quit reading books that have dealt with this before. Especially if it’s the heroine as was the norm in most 80’s historical romances (i.e. Whitney, My Love). I just don’t find it romantic in any circumstance, whether it’s realistic for the time period or not.

Abrupt endings. Some books have me – hook, line and sinker – only to let me go when the couple just reaches their happily ever after. I know all is well, but give me just a little bit more to visualize before I leave, please? 😀

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY!!!

Stephanie

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  1. Kristan

    I love your last pet peeve, and when I say love I acutally mean hate. It always sucks when you reach the end of the book and you're like, "That's it?!" Just that last bit of detail would have made it perfect, which is why I normally love when a book has an epilogue. My Follow FridayKristan @ Lost Amongst the Shelves

  2. Sarah (saz101)

    Thank you! Yes!TSTL Syndrome drives me nuts, and I hated Nora from Hush, Hush in Crescendo for exactly that reason. She's a little better in Silence, but just barely.And RAPE! Yes! I read Johanna Lindsay's Hearts Aflame and it made me feel physically sick. I think I must have written a three-page essay about how under no circumstance is rape OK, and regardless of whether she 'ended up enjoying it', it's not OK. It does NOT equal consent, or make it OK. If she didn't like it? It'd still be rape. And I mean, she said 'No'. So it WAS rape. DUDE. Seriously. WTFery to the max.

  3. Alison Can Read

    Hopping through. Totally different question for you. Where would you recommend I start for historical romance? I read Sarah MacLean's YA book and liked it. Have you read her adult books? I'm curious about Julia Quinn.My Hop

  4. The Brunette Librari

    Too stupid to live heroines drive me crazy too!! I can't read a 17 year old virgin story anymore…you know the one marrying the old man but really wants the duke and he is crazy in lust with the young virginal girl? ugh.Great post! Happy Follow Friday :)http://brunettelibrarian.blogspot.com/

  5. Grace Fonseca

    I'm totally with you on the rape. Sometimes I will take a grade off of that or not continuing to read it. Just not acceptable.GraceLivre De Amour-Books of Love Blog

  6. Jump Into Books

    Old FollowerI couldn't agree more with you on the rambling on and on and on in books, drives me nuts. I have so many to choose from, see what i saidhttp://jumpintobooks.blogspot.com/2011/12/follow-friday-4.html

  7. Kristan

    I love your last pet peeve, and when I say love I acutally mean hate. It always sucks when you reach the end of the book and you're like, “That's it?!” Just that last bit of detail would have made it perfect, which is why I normally love when a book has an epilogue.

    My Follow Friday
    Kristan @ Lost Amongst the Shelves

  8. Sarah (saz101)

    Thank you! Yes!
    TSTL Syndrome drives me nuts, and I hated Nora from Hush, Hush in Crescendo for exactly that reason. She's a little better in Silence, but just barely.

    And RAPE! Yes! I read Johanna Lindsay's Hearts Aflame and it made me feel physically sick. I think I must have written a three-page essay about how under no circumstance is rape OK, and regardless of whether she 'ended up enjoying it', it's not OK. It does NOT equal consent, or make it OK. If she didn't like it? It'd still be rape. And I mean, she said 'No'. So it WAS rape. DUDE. Seriously. WTFery to the max.

  9. Emma

    Some good points. For me an abrupt ending totally ruins a good book.New follower, here is my Follow FridayEmma @ Lost in a YA book

  10. Alison Can Read

    Hopping through. Totally different question for you. Where would you recommend I start for historical romance? I read Sarah MacLean's YA book and liked it. Have you read her adult books? I'm curious about Julia Quinn.
    My Hop

  11. The Brunette Librarian

    Too stupid to live heroines drive me crazy too!! I can't read a 17 year old virgin story anymore…you know the one marrying the old man but really wants the duke and he is crazy in lust with the young virginal girl? ugh.

    Great post! Happy Follow Friday 🙂

    http://brunettelibrarian.blogspot.com/

  12. Grace Fonseca

    I'm totally with you on the rape. Sometimes I will take a grade off of that or not continuing to read it. Just not acceptable.

    Grace
    Livre De Amour-Books of Love Blog

  13. RhiannonPaille

    hey, ahh never thought of the afterglow potential. We'll see it if happens at the very end of my series or not. I'm taking notes this week lol. Thanks!

  14. Emma

    Some good points. For me an abrupt ending totally ruins a good book.

    New follower, here is my Follow Friday

    Emma @ Lost in a YA book

  15. Carmel @ Rabid Reads

    I definitely understand where you're coming from with the endless storylines that lead no where. Talk about frustrating. Just get to the point already! LOL I'm an old follower. 🙂Holiday Foreplay Giveaway

  16. RhiannonPaille

    hey, ahh never thought of the afterglow potential. We'll see it if happens at the very end of my series or not. I'm taking notes this week lol. Thanks!

  17. Shortskie

    I definitely have to agree with all these points. Brownie points towards abrupt ending. Hate those most of all.New Follower My Friday Hops

  18. Melliane

    Sometimes I so want to shake the heroine so she can realize whant she is just doing.old followerhere is mine

  19. Carmel @ Rabid Reads

    I definitely understand where you're coming from with the endless storylines that lead no where. Talk about frustrating. Just get to the point already! LOL

    I'm an old follower. 🙂

    Holiday Foreplay Giveaway

  20. Molly Gibson-Mee

    Yes! No one wants to read about rape. It's not romantic and cripplingly awful to read. And abrupt endings are almost as fun as walking into a wall.

    Great choices! And I'm a new follower! Love a follow back if you have the time 😀

    Check out my FF post here

    Thanks!

    Molly
    Reading is my cup of tea

  21. Shortskie

    I definitely have to agree with all these points. Brownie points towards abrupt ending. Hate those most of all.

    New Follower
    My Friday Hops

  22. Melliane

    Sometimes I so want to shake the heroine so she can realize whant she is just doing.

    old follower

    here is mine

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